IOWA CITY, Iowa - Gabe Olaseni found salvation on the basketball court this week. It's helped the Iowa senior cope with the passing of his father on Wednesday.
Saturday, the London native came off of the bench to score 10 points, grab six rebounds and block five shots in a 77-44 dismantling of Longwood. In Wednesday's 70-49 victory against Northern Illinois, Olaseni 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks.
"My dad would have wanted me to play," Olaseni said Saturday. "One thing he told my family before he passed away was just continue as usual, be strong, stay together, fight on. So, as soon as I found out, I just told coach (Fran McCaffery) I wanted to play. (His father, Benson Olaseni) would have wanted me to play. So, hopefully these last couple of games I made him proud."
Olaseni said he would return to London next week after Wednesday's game at North Carolina. He expected to only miss next Saturday's game against Maryland-Baltimore County.
"I've never lost anyone but one thing everybody told me was just try to stay busy, just try to keep your routine," Olaseni said about basketball helping his grief this week. "The guys have definitely helped me along the way. I'm just trying to stay busy.
"It kind of hasn't hit me yet, that it happened. Obviously my mom and my family told me and then after that, I've just tried to make it business as usual. I think when I go back (to London), that's going to be a lot tougher."
Watch what else the courageous Olaseni had to say in Saturday's post-game interview: